A grave and formidable fighter who gave up his claim on his ancestral home of Bear Island to assume command of the Night's Watch, Mormont was known to his troops as "Old Bear." The father of the disgraced knight Jorah Mormont, he took Jon Snow under his wing to make a leader out of him. The Lord Commander was killed by one of his own men during a mutiny at Craster’s Keep.
A ranger in the Night's Watch, Qhorin earned his nickname after losing most of his right hand in a fight with a wildling. Based in the Shadow Tower, he encountered the Lord Commander's scouting party at the Fist of the First Men and took Jon Snow under his wing. At Qhorin's urging, Jon Snow killed him to infiltrate the wildlings.
Former Commander of the City Watch who earned Harrenhal by betraying Ned Stark, Janos Slynt's fortunes turned sour when Tyrion Lannister became acting Hand of the King. Tyrion, who held Slynt responsible for the murders of Robert Baratheon's bastard children, banished him to the Night's Watch and seized his holdings.
Ned Stark's bastard son, Jon was raised at Winterfell on near-equal footing with his half-siblings. He joined the Night's Watch where he served as steward to Lord Commander Mormont. Despite his instincts to join Robb Stark on the battlefield, he stayed up north to honor his vows to the Watch. On a mission to discover Mance Rayder's plans, Jon infiltrated the wildlings by pretending to forsake his Night Watch brothers. In doing so, he fell in love with Ygritte, a wildling woman.
Heir to Horn Hill, Sam was forced to join the Night's Watch by his father, Randyll Tarly, who sought to disinherit him. Traveling north as part of the Lord Commander's expedition, Sam has had difficulty adjusting to life beyond the Wall. He fell in love with Craster's daughter Gilly, and fled with her and her newborn son into the wilderness after a band of Night's Watch brothers rebelled at Craster's Keep.
A brother of the Watch who joined the same year as Jon Snow and Sam Tarly, Rast took the black rather than be punished for rape. During a stay at Craster’s Keep, Rast joined a mutiny against Craster that challenged the authority of Lord Commander Mormont, stabbing him in the back. Rast was killed by Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, when Jon recaptured the keep.
A native of Flea Bottom, Karl openly challenged Craster’s treatment of his Night’s Watch guests during a stay at his keep. His insults set in motion an uprising that resulted in the deaths of the Lord Commander and Craster. Karl was killed by Jon Snow and one of Craster’s wives when Jon recaptured the keep.